Set up a collection depot
BC Women’s is partnering with BC health authorities to set up donor milk collection depots and to distribute pasteurized donor milk to babies in need in BC. Most of the time these babies are in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). As supply allows, we make milk available to other units to provide to inpatient babies who meet the eligibility criteria but are not in the NICU. Details about the system of donor screening, milk collection and receipt of donor milk are available in the
Provincial Milk Bank Guideline.
BC Women's Lactation Services, in collaboration with donor mothers and their physicians, is responsible for screening donors for the Provincial Milk Bank.
OR fax: 604 875-2871
OR phone the Milk Bank Reception at 604-875-3743.
A Milk Collection Depot serves the local community by providing a space for women to drop off their milk for donation. Typically depots are located in hospitals and public health units and are the responsibility of the respective health authority. Our goal is to have milk collection depots in as many places as possible to make it easy for donors to drop-off their milk. The easier we make it for donors, the more likely they will donate milk.
Establishing a Milk Collection Depot requires minimal resources (e.g., a dedicated freezer and a designated person to receive and handle milk received from donors).